2012 was an inspiring year for me, in part because I won a few major awards and saw my work exhibited for the first time:
I won the Bourse UICN – Terre Sauvage and UICN Melvita Nature Image Awards 2012 and came 3rd place in the Man and Nature category
1st place in Art Wolfe’s International Conservation Photography Awards (ICPA) for my reportage on Cape Gannet rehabilitation
I feel I am paddling towards the crest of the wave and 2013 will be a year for paddling even harder. I’m grateful to everyone who’s helped me find my balance, my parents and my good friends who share the exhilaration and the craziness with me.
Bourse UICN Winner – Nature Images Awards 2012
I am delighted to announce that I have won the Bourse UICN – the IUCN photo-report commission prize – from the IUCN/ Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards. Friend and mentor, the environmental photographer Daniel Beltra, summed up my own excitement about the commission: “Wow, you got the big one!!!”
Forget swashbuckling with pirates and swimming the English Channel, I can’t wait to jump into this commission and look forward to discussing the subject options with the IUCN (the World Conservation Union).
As well as winning the IUCN commission prize I was also awarded third place in the Man and Nature category. I took a gargantuan breath when I entered this competition, as last year the legendary National Geographic photographer Steve Winter won this category.
The winning images, together with an interview-style feature on my work, are published in the January 2013 issue of Terre Sauvage magazine. My copy is currently winging its way to Tanzania – may it please survive!